Here I go, blogging away again.
Jan 17, 2008
May 17, 2008
Oi, what a Tuesday. Four classes in a row is not fun whatsoever. It seems that although we're technically into our second week of classes that it is still the introductory period. The readings, assignments, and lectures at Al Akhawayn are quite simplified in comparison to Bonaventure. I suppose that is because English is the second, third or even fourth language of the student populous. I am still jealous of all of the polyglots. But my Dareeja (colloquial) class seems to be going...well going haha. For anyone who is serious about learning Arabic I would suggest coming here. Even the low level class that I am in after taking only one semester is completely immersion. Our professor said his English left the room after our first class and he really wasn't lying. But I do believe that by the time I am finished here that I will be able to at least speak some Moroccan Arabic which, incidentally, is not terribly different than Fusha. I am the only one in the class who has taken less than three semesters so I only have to speak for ten minutes for my midterm and twenty for my final unlike the others who he added an additional ten minutes on each. I must however take time now to compliment Father Calabria for teaching us so well. Truly I have noticed the others that have taken one semester that are in beginning II are STRUGGLING, or completely dropped it because it was too difficult. So again I thank you. Apparently though the classes here are about three times more difficult than when taught in the states so if I had taken beginning II i would have come back and gone to advanced arabic, which I don't want to do so I will be in beginning II when I return! My other classes are truly interesting as well. Except for the slight language barrier my Islamic Civilization professor has, everything is going quite smoothly. My Comparative Religion class has to be the most interesting. The professor is from Portugal and from what I have seen, an absolute theological and philosophical genius. Contemporary World History is also very very interesting and the professor is an absolute stitch haha. Art and Architecture is, oh how did you guess? Enlightening to say the least. Despite the boredom that sometimes accompanies being in the middle of nowhere (Olean) the people here seem to always be happy and doing something. Anything really. Even sitting outside in the middle of a field is satisfactory for these people which I love. I am looking forward to this weekend. I may go to Casablanca with Karim and his friend who is coming in, tonight actually, from Germany to visit for about ten days. Some people are also renting a villa either here or in Meknes or something so it will no doubt be a good one. Tomorrow I will be on my way to Fes again to get my moto fixed as all the electric went now. Shitty. Oh well, thems the breaks I guess. Good thing I have a guarantee; I'm just going to have Karim go in and bitch to them in Arabic about how it is a brand new bike and it shouldn't be doing things like that. Again, I miss everyone dearly and I hope the terribly adverse weather I've been hearing about isn't eating away at your souls too badly. Come visit me if you want to escape! Ma'salaama.